Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Eyeliner Review

I ran out of my L’Oreal brown eyeliner and decided to try another new product  from Maybelline, the Master Precise Skinny Eyeliner. I was attracted to the fine tip and no need for sharpening. I got it in Sharp Brown.

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Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation Review

There are so many new products coming out at the drugstore that it’s been hard to resist buying any of them. I’d watched and read a few rave reviews about the Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation, so when I saw it at Target I just had to pick it up. The shade selection didn’t include the full range, but Sandy Beige looked like a pretty good match. It was the only one left on the display, so I took it as a sign that I had to try it.

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The NEW Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner Review

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I have been a loyal devotee to liquid liner for 2 years now, but sometimes I still get that itch to use gel liner. When I went through my makeup and threw out all the old, my MAC Blacktrack Fluidline was among them. I was never that happy with it anyway because it wasn’t that deep, dark black that I was hoping it would be. I’d actually had the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner before, apparently this is it’s newest reincarnation. I’m guessing it’s the 24 hour wear claim that’s new? I’m not quite sure, but I do remember liking it so I grabbed it again in Blackest Black.

Per the Maybelline website:

• Oil-free formula holds highly concentrated pigments in a clear gel base
• Smudge-proof and waterproof for 24 hours
• Most intense line for lasting drama
• Safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist-tested
• Contact lens safe

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Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

It comes in the typical gel pot and includes a brush, which I felt wasn’t thin enough in profile for a cat eye. Maybe just to line along the lashes without the flick, but this was another brush that went to the wayside. The formula is super dark, what I was expecting from Blacktrack. I found that it applied well with a liner brush and I didn’t have to go over my work a million times to get it that dark. I also used this for tightlining and unfortunately this was where its performance fell. It smudged under my eye both at the inner and outer corners of my eyes. I had no issues with transfer into my crease. Once it set on my lid it didn’t move when I rubbed my finger over it. It wears well for almost 10 hours (the amount of time I usually have makeup on my face) with minimal fading. I found that using an eye shadow primer did help to extend the wear.

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A cat eye with the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black.

Overall, this product was an 50/50 for me. It was perfect for lining at the lash line, but not so great for tight lining, which was the main reason I picked it up. I won’t repurchase because I want something that will work for both purposes. Also, if you like a sharper cat eye or if you’re looking for it to look perfect throughout the day or for a night out, I’d still stick to liquid liner.

I feel like I’ve taken a long vacation from my usual cat eye and I’m happy to have it back (if even just once in a while). I remember I started doing a cat eye with gel liner and it did take me awhile to get the hang of it, so this was a bit nostalgic for me. Luckily, it’s kind of like riding a bike and I had a much easier time this go around.

Have you tried the newest Maybelline gel liner yet?

 

First impression review: Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

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I’ve had the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation for a couple of weeks now, but I waited on giving it a whirl because of some blemishes popping up on my cheeks and chin (I think the holiday stress was taking it’s toll). I always like to wait til I have no active breakouts before testing a new foundation so I can be sure that if I do break out, I’ll know if it was the culprit. So after a few days of no new ‘friends’ making an appearance I decided to try it today.

I have combination/oily skin so a matte and poreless foundation is pretty appealing to me. Here’s what Maybelline has to say about it (taken from their website):

Tone + texture-fitting foundation for the ultimate natural fit.
Mattifies, erases pores and matches natural tone.
For Normal to Oily Skin.
Dermatologist and allergy tested. Does not clog pores. Oil-free.

For Best Results: Apply evenly to your face and blend with your fingers.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation in 230 Natural Buff

I chose shade 230 Medium Buff, which I found to be a pretty good match. I decided to skip the primer to see how this foundation performs on its own. It comes in a glass bottle with no pump (oh well), so I poured it into the back of my hand. I used my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply it (I’m not big on using my fingers to apply foundation). I found that it went on smoothly and easily while buffing it in, but this is a foundation that I would apply in sections and not dot all over your face and then blend. It seemed to dry down pretty quickly when I blended it into my hand.

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L to R: bare face, L side with foundation applied, full face applied, after the rest of my makeup

The foundation set just a few minutes after application and felt pretty smooth so I decided to only set my undereye concealer with powder. I would say it’s more of a semi-matte finish than full on matte, which I actually really like. It didn’t give me that unnatural kind of ‘flat’ effect that more matte foundations can give. The coverage is medium to full, I only did one layer and it evened out my skin tone and covered most minor imperfections, another layer would have made it full. My pores were definitely minimized, but I can’t say they were completely wiped out on closer inspection. If you have any dry patches, this foundation will definitely cling to them, so make sure to exfoliate if you do! I also liked the feel of it on my skin, it didn’t feel heavy at all.

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L to R: after application at 1 hr, 4 hrs, 6 hrs, & 8 hrs

I was pretty impressed by how long this foundation kept my oily skin at bay without using a primer or setting powder. An hour in and it looked as good as when I first applied it, 4 hours in some shine was starting to show, but less so than some of my other foundations. By 6 hours, I was getting shinier and by 8 hours, the foundation was definitely fading and starting to break apart around my T-zone. I know you can’t really tell from the picture because the lighting was off, but trust me it wasn’t looking good.

All in all, I do like the Matte + Poreless Foundation. It works well for the day to day, but I wouldn’t count on it for extreme long-wear. It would probably hold up better with a primer and setting powder, so I’ll probably try that the next time I use it. I think it would definitely work well for days when I need to be out for just a few hours running errands or going to lunch. Do you need to run out to get this immediately? No. But, I do think it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a new foundation.

If you’ve tried this, please let me know what you think!

Product rave: The new Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer Review

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Maybelline concealers are probably my favorite from the drugstore, so when I saw the Master Conceal on the shelves I just had to try it. There were three shades offered: light, light/medium, and medium. I chose light/medium. The product claims are (from the back of the tube):

  • Camouflages imperfections and dark circles
  • Full coverage, high resistance, undetectable finish
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L: squeeze tip applicator; R: in shade light/medium & lightly blended

The product comes in a squeeze tube with a small tip applicator. The consistency is actually pretty thin, but not so much so that it would be runny. I thought it might be a little sheer because of this. But, I have to say I was super impressed with the Master Conceal. I used my fingers to pat a little under my eyes, blended with a pointed foundation brush, then patted again with my fingertips. For blemishes, I just patted with my finger over the blemish and lightly blended with my finger around the edges. The beauty blender also works well for application, but my favorite way to blend it is with the travel size Sigma blending brush I got as a free gift with purchase (similar to the MAC 217). Because the product is light in consistency I found I could build it up in layers without looking cakey. And you don’t need to use a ton of it to get good coverage. The light/medium can also work well as a concealer and highlighting product in one, instead of my usual routine of concealing, then highlighting with another product.

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L: bare face; M: with concealer under eyes & on blemishes; R: after powder foundation & rest of makeup (I know it looks super light in the middle picture after application, for some reason it made me look washed out, but in real life it doesn’t.)

The concealer also dries down well, not to a powder finish, but it’s not tacky. I still set it because of my combination skin. I think this stuff is perfect for ‘no makeup’ makeup days, or the usual full on makeup days. I used the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder to finish off my base makeup. I will say that the concealer did not last as long on the blemish on my chin since my T-zone is oily. It was lasted fine over the blemish on my right cheek. I used my Cle de Peau concealer to touch up my chin after a few hours since it’s lasting power is better. But really, that was my only gripe about the product.

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Another ‘no-makeup’ makeup day.

I don’t think I’ll stop buying the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer, because that stuff is just so good too, but I probably won’t be getting the Fit Me concealer anymore. I just like the coverage and consistency of this better. I also like that I can use this for concealing dark circles and blemishes, which I couldn’t do with the Age Rewind because it’s a little too sheer for any spots that I have.

I would definitely try this out, if you do, let me know what you think!

Makeup how-to: When you’re at a loss with your eyeshadow, just follow the palette.

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Maybelline Eyeshadow Quad in Natural Smokes

 

I was having one of those mornings where I had no idea what to do with my makeup, until pulled open my drawer and saw this Maybelline eyeshadow quad in Natural Smokes. What I love about these is that it makes applying your eye makeup a no-brainer, it literally tells you where to put each color.

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Base, Lid, Crease, & Liner color

 

For anyone who is a newcomer to the world of makeup, I think these types of palettes are brilliant. It can be intimidating picking up a palette with 20 different shades and trying to decide what to put where and which shades would look best together. These are a great introductory method of applying eyeshadow and once you get the general idea down you can start to branch out and be a little more creative. Much of what I know now was learned from watching all the YouTube ‘beauty gurus’. All you have to do is search for an ‘everyday makeup tutorial’, pick one that you like, watch and learn.

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I have a pretty narrow lid space with my eyes open, so here’s a view of what I did.

 

I pretty much did exactly what the palette said to do, I put the cream color all over my lid from lash line to brows, then layered the lid color over that, keeping it under my crease. I used the the crease color in the outer part of my crease and towards the outer corner of my eye in a ‘V’ shape. I used an angled brush to apply the liner color right against my lash line and extended it slightly past the outer corner for a soft wing. I also used the liner color on my bottom lash line. I did make some additions as there are a couple of things missing from the palette. I used ‘Buck’ from the Naked palette to blend the outer edges of the crease shade and I used the highlight color from the Charlotte Tilbury bronze & glow palette (review coming soon!) on my inner corner.

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FOTD

 

The drugstore is a great place to start your foray into makeup, and these instructional palettes make applying eyeshadow a breeze. I also have this palette in Emerald Smokes, but I don’t use a lot of color on my eyes these days so I haven’t used it in awhile. Overall, I like the Maybelline quads, the pigmentation is good and you can get a great eye look from them.